Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Up to 45 million of people in the US live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition that comes with a number of uncomfortable symptoms including, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, or mixed diarrhea and constipation.

When your digestion feels unwell it can affect your whole life. People with IBS are often anxious about what foods they may eat that will cause discomfort.

Throughout my 15 years in practice, I have helped many people overcome IBS. Research shows that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are helpful in treating IBS.[2,3]

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The nature of Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatment is based upon the … Read More

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Atopic Eczema

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The itch in atopic dermatitis can take over your life. It is so intense, those with atopic eczema of wake up scratching. And after your scratch, the skin becomes more inflamed, itchy, dry, and lichenified.

Most people with atopic eczema have a family history eczema, hay fever, and asthma. Allergies to foods, mold, or irritant substances may cause a flare in the condition (1). Atopic eczema is increasing rapidly in industrialized countries. Atopic eczema is treated most often with topical steroids that suppress the inflammatory response. Unfortunately, steroids also have many side effects.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help reduce … Read More

All About Acupressure

Acupressure is the massage of acupressure points and channels.   I often use acupressure and tui na (Chinese medical massage) combined with with acupuncture in my clinic.

Acupressure in context

To really understand how acupressure works, we have to see it as part of the whole of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Chinese medicine dates back thousands of years.  The first book of Chinese medicine is called the Huang di nei jing, or the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Cannon.   

acupressureThe book is a conversation between the Yellow Emperor and his doctor, named Qi Bo.  Qi bo explains that health comes from a state … Read More

What is Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a term that refers to medicine practices developed in China and other parts of Asia.  Traditional Chinese Medicine generally covers many types of modalities including acupuncture and moxibustion, Chinese Herbal remedies, Tui Na or Chinese Medical Massage, as well as other manual therapies including gua sha (spoon massage or coining) and cupping.

In China, the term Chinese medicine (in Chinese it is called Zhong Yi 中医) often refers to the practice of Chinese herbal medicine.  Although it can also refer to the entire practice of Chinese medicine. While acupuncture refers to acupuncture and moxibustion.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Literary Medicine

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine is a comprehensive medical system with it own diagnosis and treatment.  The terminology and language is also unique.

Sometimes, acupuncture language may sound a little magical.  We may say that a headache is caused by liver qi stagnation in one person but in another person it may be from heat.

Similarly, anxiety can come from heart blood vacuity but it also can be related to heat irritating the heart.

It is very important that the language and theory is consistent throughout the acupuncture diagnosis and treatment.  In fact, if the wrong diagnosis is … Read More

Acupuncture Reduces Prostate Surgery Side Effects

Prostate surgery is a successful treatment for prostate cancer but has many side effects that can impact quality of life.

Acupuncture is a safe a natural treatment for frequent urination, sexual function, as well as hot flashes that can occur after surgery.

Acupuncture Improves Frequent Urination after Prostate Surgery

Acupuncture has shown to reduce incontinence, frequent urination, and sexual dysfunction associated with prostate surgery.

To illustrate acupuncture treatment I will share a case study I published in Medical Acupuncture.

My patient was a 62-year-old man who had radical prostatectomy for a prostate cancer.  He reported frequent urination, nocturia, and … Read More

Acupuncture for Adult Acne Treatment

Some think that only teenagers get acne.  But many adults, mostly women, develop acne in their 20’s and remain with it well into their 40’s.

Adult acne is a very common issue I treat in my acupuncture clinic. The combination of acupuncture,  Chinese herbs, Blue LED Light therapy, and cupping are very effective for adult acne treatment.

One theory is that stress causes hormone imbalances which effect the development of acne. Also, as many people know, the menstrual cycle can influence acne.

Acupuncture helps the body to manage stress and encourages the body to relax. Chinese herbs work to … Read More

Review of Alternative Therapies for Interstitial Cystitis

If you are a reader of my blog and articles, you know that I am interested not only in the clinical effects of acupuncture, but also acupuncture research, and physiology of acupuncture.  This is why it is unfortunate that there is a lack of studies for acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment of Interstital Cystitis, a condition which I have very positive clinical result with acupuncture.

There is one published case study which describes the acupuncture treatment course of a 31 year old women with IC for 5 years.  The treatment was very effective, over a course of 10 treatments there … Read More

Vegetarian Foods from a Chinese Medicine Perspective

Some people are vegetarians for are religious and spiritual reasons, others political and philosophical reasons, and others are for health reasons.

Vegetarianism is certainly a healthy diet for many people , as long as they make healthy food choices.  It takes work in order to build up the nutrients which we find in meat.

I am personally not a vegetarian, but I do eat a plant based diet with small amounts of chicken and fish.  My choice is based upon health reasons and lessening an environmental footprint.


What is Chinese medicine view of Vegetarianism?

From a Chinese medicine perspective, … Read More